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From the excellent site: http://www.productmanualarchive.org/

This is a US Government-Fallout-Protection manual from 1961. Colour, typography: Great!

Danger - UV light!

Danger - UV light!

Screen on the street

Screen on the street

An old TV, a box of cassettes. Probably nothing really wrong with either.  Just replaced by a skinnier flat model, and an iPod.

Man, I miss mix cassettes. Looking at the box gave me a slight feeling of nostalgia. Handwritten cassette inserts. A lot of care went into to these. Now carelessly discarded.

Box of C90s

Box of C90s

The Mean Streets of Amsterdam

September 17, 2008

The broken chair

Chair Bear Bunch

I was cycling the WunderKind to the creche this week when some street rubbish caught my eye. What happended here? It looked like a bar-room fight resulting in a broken chair. Probably one of the Amsterdammertjes caught the full force.

This will Chair you up

I’ve got another similar picture of a broken chess board. Man, these guys can’t take a joke!

Broken Chess Board

"Freeform Chess" - as the Germans would say. We say "Jazz".

More on Paper Scissors Rock – this time from Hollywood. And one final one from the world of music:

Following up the challenge laid down by Paper Scissors Rock of Ages here is a historic photo I found in the archives. And a more recent one from last year:

On the look out for…

August 1, 2008

    I’m looking for a clock for the office. A Solari Udine Cifra 12.
    60’s vintage would be perfect.

    Or a Solari Dator 5. Preferably 50’s vintage. The one below was sold on ebay for 110Eu. And if they go wrong I have lots of details on how to fix them.

    Solari Dator 5

    Solari Dator 5

    1000 Eclipses

    August 1, 2008

    1000 Eclipses - light going thru the pinholes of the satellite dish

    1000 Eclipses - light going thru the pinholes of the satellite dish - can you see the bite in the sun?

    There! By my thumb! That faint image of the eclipsed sun on a piece of paper.

    There! By my thumb! That faint image of the eclipsed sun on a piece of paper.

    Another 1000 eclipses...

    Another 1000 eclipses...

    1120, 1st August. It’s a solar eclipse today. And it’s never good to peer directly at the sun (although I did have a quick peek throught the clouds). Instead I used my schoolboy improvisation skills to construct a pinhole camera by digging a sharp thing though a piece of card. Then hopped out onto the flat roof to see if I could see the eclipse. And lo, I was able to see an image of the sun with a bite in it – about 20% of the area. A sort of Apple logo in shape.

    Better: I found that the unused satellite dish (which is punctured with many holes) made an excellent pinhole effect. Hence – 1000 (blurry) eclipses. Is there a collective noun for a group of eclipses?

    Other things to notice about an eclipse: colours are slightly washed out and it seems quieter, calmer.

    Back of the house

    Back of the house, during an eclipse